BTW -- the Backroaders are doing their October Club Run this Saturday. check it out if you can. I can't be there unfortunately. Lanfair is the place. never been there so I don't know the trail.
to the OP, there are a TON of places to go see.
the Backroaders was founded as a sort of teaching and learning off-roading group and does mostly scenic kinda stuff, and we don't go tearing through the desert.
sounds like a group you may want to check out. great folks in this group.